Saga, Vol. 8

Saga, Vol. 8

After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.Collecting: Saga 43-48....

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Title:Saga, Vol. 8
Author:Brian K. Vaughan
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Edition Language:English

Saga, Vol. 8 Reviews

  • Adina

    My favorite from the series so far and the 1st that got 5*. Now the wait for the next collections begins.

  • karen

    there is so much in this one, it makes my head spin. and for

    there is so much in this one, it makes my head spin. and for the first time, i’m deeply glad i didn’t read these as individual comic book issues. #43-#46 are excellent and i would only have been frustrated by how short they were and how cliffhanger-y their ends, but #47 and #48 would have felt like total letdowns on their own, just because of who’s there, who’s

    there, and as a contrast to how very strong the first four segments of this collection were. and yes, i gave the entire volume five stars despite the last two being less shiny, but i’m terrible at math and -oh no! are those

    ?

    basically, the inclusion of dung people rounds any book up to an automatic five stars.

    but there are plenty of other things here helping earn that five stars.

    this, obviously

    also, there are so many wonderful moments of underplayed reactions throughout this series, but there are some particularly funny ones this time out

    and hazel’s fumbling attempts at cussin’ are endearing enough

    but not as endearing as the contrast between what her parents identify as the teaching moment

    also

    all of the abortion town/badlands parts were handled so well - providing a variety of cultural perspectives on the abortion issue that are consistent with other things we know about the values of these different realms, plus some insight into the individuals involved, and a perfect balance of heartbreaking stuff and … less heartbreaking stuff

    obviously, hazel is great here, she always is, but she’s also wrestling with some pretty big questions that no one

    has the answers for.

    petrichor is outstanding in this one; she gets to be maternal and brave and fierce and vulnerable and horny and so many other things, including deeply relieved

    and she does give good advice

    she's closer than anyone else to being able to understand hazel's state of mind, and if we had to lose that other hazel-helper, i'm glad petrichor is there to pick up the slack.

    and let the record show i am furious at this bitch’s...interior design choices and if she goes ANYWHERE near lying cat, i will draw myself into a little cartoon and breach the panel’s boundaries to cut her into little pieces.

    just try me.

    *******************************************

    OH GOD SO GOOD!

    real review coming but if this series ever ends, i might lose my mind. never stop, please.

  • Raeleen Lemay

    YES YES YES. THIS is what I signed up for, and what I feel this series has been lacking for the past few volumes. This volume really brought back the ~weird~ and I'm here for it. Also the characters are pulling on my heartstrings again and here I am left wondering how they all feel so real...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Possibly my favorite volume yet???????? I love this series so fucking much oh my god

  • Anne

    Ok, if you read the last volume, you know that Alana's baby didn't make it.

    So, once the shock wears off, what exactly happens next?

    Now, I know this is touchy territory for a lot of people, but Vaughn went there anyway.

    Late-term abortion. If nothing else, you probably heard the sound bites about during the last US election.

    Personally, I am 100% for late-ter

    Ok, if you read the last volume, you know that Alana's baby didn't make it.

    So, once the shock wears off, what exactly happens next?

    Now, I know this is touchy territory for a lot of people, but Vaughn went there anyway.

    Late-term abortion. If nothing else, you probably heard the sound bites about during the last US election.

    Personally, I am 100% for late-term abortions.

    And for those of you out there that actually believe that means doctors pull 9 month old healthy babies from wombs and put them into a wood chipper, then I doubt anything I or anyone else could say will make a difference.

    But.

    For the rest of you?

    Here's why someone who has had

    , but didn't get abortions for any of them (

    ), would support another woman's right to choose to end her pregnancy late in the game.

    Because I couldn't imagine how horrible and hard it would be to keep carrying my dying baby inside of me for months.

    And you know your child won't survive. But you can't help them, and you know that your child's suffering hasn't even begun yet. Won't begin, until you give birth to them.

    Life is cruel like that sometimes.

    Children die. And parents grieve...for the rest of their lives.

    I personally believe that if you are ever in that situation and want to carry the baby to term, then that's your

    . But I also believe that a woman should have the

    to begin the grieving and healing sooner.

    At any rate, I thought Vaughn dealt with this subject in a respectful way.

    The stuff with The Will was short but still made an impact on the story. You get a peek at his

    , while also adding another potentially explosive new personality into the mix!

    I love Petrichor. Even if she is a

    grumpy.

    But she gets to shine like a badass during

    , and there are some interesting developments that...well,

    . Sorry.

    Due to the nature of Alan's pregnancy, there's a rather huge, and spoilery, shock in store for everyone. Again...sorry.

    Oh, and you know how I wasn't quite as moved at the end of the last volume, while all the rest of you were crying so hard you had snot bubbles coming out of your nose?

    I read that scene and I made this choking noise out loud.

    Goddammit, Saga! You're ruining my tough-girl image!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Yes ❤ Fanfreakingtastic!

    I decided to add some pictures in no certain order. 1. Because I'm lazy 2. Because I'm tired.

    Mel ♥

    Yes ❤️ Fanfreakingtastic!

    I decided to add some pictures in no certain order. 1. Because I'm lazy 2. Because I'm tired.

    Mel ♥

  • Bradley

    There's no way in hell I can call this series anything other than MY FAVORITE COMIC EVER.

    It truly has everything. Love, heartbreak, cute, strange, brilliance, funny, mind-blowing, edifying, and JUST PLAIN AWESOME.

    Did I mention that it's rather cool?

    After the heartache of the last volume, I've been anxious and anxious to avoid this one because of the things it might do to me.

    It did all those things I was worried about, but it had that right level of oddball humor to make it all OKAY.

    I'm thinking

    There's no way in hell I can call this series anything other than MY FAVORITE COMIC EVER.

    It truly has everything. Love, heartbreak, cute, strange, brilliance, funny, mind-blowing, edifying, and JUST PLAIN AWESOME.

    Did I mention that it's rather cool?

    After the heartache of the last volume, I've been anxious and anxious to avoid this one because of the things it might do to me.

    It did all those things I was worried about, but it had that right level of oddball humor to make it all OKAY.

    I'm thinking mostly about the sight of a blood-drenched werewolf abortionist. You know. Details.

  • Nat

    After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

    Trying to gather together my scattered thoughts regarding this newest volume in the

    series is turning out to be rather hard, so I opted for making this bullet point list below:

    (Spoilers from here.)

    • The start of the journey took us to Abortion Town, after the unfortunate events of the last volume, where solid comment

    After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

    Trying to gather together my scattered thoughts regarding this newest volume in the

    series is turning out to be rather hard, so I opted for making this bullet point list below:

    (Spoilers from here.)

    • The start of the journey took us to Abortion Town, after the unfortunate events of the last volume, where solid commentary was present in the precarious situation.

    • This lullaby tribute to our most iconic babysitter, Izabel:

    • The emotional bond between Hazel and "make-believe" Kurti. This is what this volume was truly about: focusing on fleshing out character-based storylines, which is incidentally how I like my stories best. 

    This moment of impact... She's maturing at a rapid pace.

    This girl has known too much loss in her young life.

    • Which then leads me back to Alana having to suffer through her miscarriage; it was utterly hard-hitting. Ultimately, she's one the most formidable and fearsome protagonists I've encountered in my reading of graphic novels.

    Hazel's narration throughout was particularly grounding.

    • And last but not least, I have to mention that the completion of this volume was spectacular. I love how everything came together and connected seamlessly. Plus, the gorgeous artwork by Fiona Staples that brings the world and characters within to life.

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  • Sean Gibson

    If you’re interested in reading Saga, you’re about as likely to jump in at Vol. 8 as I am to wax my bikini line (now THERE’S a visual no one anywhere ever in the history of the world ever anywhere ever never ever needed), so, really, you’d be primarily interested in my take on this most recent volume if you’ve read Saga previously. So, I’ll say this: Vol. 8 is Saga at its Saga-est, which means it’s by turns irreverent, disgusting, offensive, pulse-pounding, heartwarming, weird, addictive, and oc

    If you’re interested in reading Saga, you’re about as likely to jump in at Vol. 8 as I am to wax my bikini line (now THERE’S a visual no one anywhere ever in the history of the world ever anywhere ever never ever needed), so, really, you’d be primarily interested in my take on this most recent volume if you’ve read Saga previously. So, I’ll say this: Vol. 8 is Saga at its Saga-est, which means it’s by turns irreverent, disgusting, offensive, pulse-pounding, heartwarming, weird, addictive, and occasionally annoying.

    If you made it through the prior seven volumes, you’ll want to keep going. If you stopped somewhere after two or three, stick with it—the series has its flaws, but it’s one of the more interesting and engaging things bopping around on the (sort of) mainstream comic circuit these days.

    Also, on the plus side, no massive and veiny robot schlongs this time around.

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